While attending a lecture, a participant asked about our digital information and how others will access it after our deaths. We are moving to a world where less and less of us have boxes of random important papers and instead have moved everything online, specifically to our in-boxes. My Gmail, contains signups and passwords, dates of expiration, contacts...etc. If I were to kick off today, how would my wife access my Facebook, inbox and other assorted services when wrapping up the rest of my life? The answer she cannot, unless we have prepared ourselves for the eventuality.
Below are several links with descriptions aimed at fixing this issue. I would recommend using multiple sites, better safe than sorry.
- Plan your digital afterlife with Inactive Account Manager - Google offers an inactive account manager that, if you have not checked into your gmail in a set amount of time (1-6 months) then specific people get an email of your choosing. I filled mine with things I thought my wife would need to know like usernames and passwords. This one is very simple to use.
- Everplans Stores Useful Data In Case of Your (or Someone Else's) Death - An alternative to Google's inactivity monitor
- How to Deal with Death in the Digital Age - A decent article about what you should be thinking about concerning the end of someone's digital life.
- LivesOn Will Let You Tweet From Beyond the Grave - This is where it all gets creepy. This is a site that you give access to all your social media and then it sends out posts, tweets... after your death but because it has combed your social media thumbprint, it will sound like you....the dead you.